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Family: BRAMIDAE, Pomfrets


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D & A long bases, similar, I-III spines
tail base slender
C v concave/forked
top jaw bone: wide, scaly, exposed
pectorals - long, narrow wings
scales - large, often spiny

FAMILY BRAMIDAE

POMFRETS

Pomfrets are oceanic fishes of medium to large size (to 1 m) that have deep compressed bodies which are high at the front and taper to a slender tail base; large eyes; large, oblique mouths with heavy jaws, the rear of the top jaw wide, exposed and covered with scales; the single dorsal and anal fins have long bases, similar shapes and sizes, I-III spines; long pointed pectoral fins; strongly concave to forked tail fins; large, often spiny or keeled scales cover body, head and extend onto the median fins; usually black.

This circumglobal family has 8 genera with 21 species; there are 6 genera with 9 species in the Greater Caribbean, 3 circumglobal, 1 Atlantic and Pacific, 4 pan-Atlantic and 1 W Atlantic.

PREPARED BY D ROSS ROBERTSON, AFTER THOMPSON (2002)